Not to change gears to drastically, I have often wondered about my faith in the Lord's ability to answer prayer. More so, about my faith in the midst of some trouble. It seems quite convenient to proclaim my faith in Christ and the power of prayer until some tragedy strikes or even the possibility of problems arise. The Apostle James said that trials are the testing of our faith. The Apostle Paul and Peter both proclaimed that my faith is dead (meaningless) if all it is supported by, is words. FAITH must by supported by evidence of works. James said, Faith without works is dead. So if faith is never able to be tested and put through the fire, how could I know if my faith was real or dead? It would be dead!
The reason why I say this, is because of some little things in my life that cause me to worry and stress. I find that at these times it's quite easier to run to the Lord's side and grab His leg and beg for Him to help me. However, at other times, when I don't "think or see" problems are in the way, I tend to get busy with life and forget about the enduring faith. I believe it was a preacher who said one time, that some people live their life just to be an example to others of what not to do. I feel like I am that person when I "forget" about the faith I have in Christ.
In conclusion, praise the Lord regardless- at all times and in happiness or sorrow, blessing or tribulation. You know why? The Lord knows the end, this life is but a vapor, and its just another tactic the Devil uses to wear out the saints... discouragement. King David prayed, Lord restore unto me the JOY of THY Salvation! God Bless you this week. I think its going to be a rough one. I covet your prayers this week for me concerning my schoolwork and work.